Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Where NYC mayoral candidates stand on the eve of UFT's presumed Thompson endorsement

Where the candidates stand, on the eve of the UFT's Wednesday, June 19, 2013 presumed announcement at the Delegate Assembly of an endorsement for Bill Thompson for New York City mayor. My takeaway is that Lhota, Quinn and Weiner would be the worst candidates, followed by Thompson, on education issues. But a union that threw up its hands in surrender to Ed. Commissioner John King and Governor Andrew Cuomo (see here, here and here), and then called the disaster a plus for teachers could err once again and throw its endorsement weight behind Thompson. The early clue was previous president Randi Weingarten's endorsement of Thompson; recent press reports echo the UFT for Thompson rumors.
See also NYC Public School Parents blog for their summation of last Friday's mayoral forum at Murry Bergtraum H.S. And see this link for Gotham Schools' interactive site on how th mayoral candidates stand on various issues of education governance and leadership.

de Blasio
Lhota
Liu
Quinn
Thompson
Weiner
Believes in ending Mayoral Control and has put forth a vision for democratic governance of our schools.

No
No
No
*has agreed to give up some appointed PEP seats
No
No
No
Believes there must be a change to current policing policies in our schools that moves authority over school safety officers from the NYPD and to school communities.

No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Has publicly committed to reducing class size.

Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Believes charter schools should not be given space in public school buildings and/or believes in a moratorium on charter school co-locations and/or has called for current co-located charters to pay rent.

Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Believes in a moratorium on school closings and/ or has stated that school closings as a policy is flawed.

Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Unclear
Believes teacher evaluation should be tied to student test scores and/or supports merit-based pay for teachers.

No public statement
Yes
Not as currently implemented
No
Doesn’t want to “take anything off the table”
No public statement
Has publicly stated he/she will provide a new contract with retroactive pay for municipal union members who have worked without a contract.

No
No
Yes
No
No
No